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WHETHER it’s swinging sword as warrior princess Xena, scheming as the wicked Lucretia in Spartacus, or climbing atop an oil drilling ship and getting herself arrested, Lucy Lawless is formidable in a fight.
And in her role of remote indigenous school teacher Alex Wisham in new political thriller, The Code, 46-year-old Lucy Lawless is again a force to be reckoned with.
The Auckland-born actress rose to international fame as the title character in Xena: The Warrior Princess from 1995 to 2001.
Lawless spun that renown into roles including Battlestar Galacticaand Spartacus, and re-embraced comedy as Diana in acclaimed US comedy Parks and Recreation, and offbeat NZ hit Flight of the Conchords.
“It’s my first role in Australia. I saw some great writing and grabbed it,” she says.
“If I had waited, bloody Cate Blanchett would have taken it.
The Code is the story of two brothers — an online journalist and a hacker — who stumble across something the power brokers of government in Canberra will kill to keep secret.
Two Aboriginal kids are hurt in a car accident in the desert. Someone should have called for help and didn’t. Someone ends up being wrongly blamed for it.
That someone just happens to be one of Alex Wisham’s students.
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It’s only taken her 27 years -but Lucy Lawless has finally made her first production in Australia, in ABC’s upcoming drama series, The Code.
Lawless is best known for her six years as Xena: Warrior Princess, now a project well down the list of resume credits, after it wrapped in 2001. With roles in Battlestar Galactica, Parks and Recreation, Spartacus, Veronica Mars, Burn Notice, Curb Your Enthusiasm, CSI: Miami, The L Word, Top of the Lake, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD -it’s clear Xena‘s global success was never at any risk of seeing her stereotyped.
“I should be so lucky to be stereotyped, because it means you were part of something successful. Xena was so good to me in terms of the fanbase, the house that it bought me and the husband and children that came with it. It was certainly a worthwhile trade-off and I’m not sorry,” she told TV Tonight.
“I’ve never been someone who controls their image at all. I don’t even look at photo approvals much or any of that sort of stuff. I don’t have much ‘control’ over my career. Or the times I did it failed because it’s not a natural part of who I am, so I just drift from what seems like the next cool, fun thing to do. And it’s worked out ok!”
That next cool thing was the six-hour political thriller by Playmaker Media, starring Ashley Zukerman and Dan Spielman. Set in Sydney, Canberra and Broken Hill it tells the story of two very different brothers who unearth information that those at the highest levels of political power will kill to keep secret.
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As propably most of you know by now, Lucy Lawless has been cast as Agent Isabelle Hartley on the tv series Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. She will appear in the season 2 premiere airing on September 23!
When “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns for a second season on Tuesday, September 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC, it’ll bring a number of new faces with it…including Lucy Lawless as Agent Isabelle Hartley, and we’ve got your first look at her in the season premiere!
Known for her roles in “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Battlestar Galactica,” Lawless will join up with Director Coulson’s team as Agent Hartley, a seasoned S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran helping to rebuild the organization.
Check out the first official image of Lawless as Agent Hartley, and as always stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on the new season of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”!